Senior executives from Airbus took part in the first ever global, industry wide summit on aviation and the environment, held recently in Geneva.
Airbus is one of the leading members of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), which organised the two-day event. ATAG advocates the environmentally responsible development of aviation infrastructure, including en route capabilities, airport capacity and ground access, in order to meet passenger demand.
Alain Garcia, Airbus senior vice-president engineering, spoke on the first day on research and innovation as key ways of mitigating the environmental impact of aviation.
“Airbus has long been engaged in projects aimed at understanding atmosphere and ensuring the technical solutions we develop are the most appropriate ones to prevent environment from being damaged,” he said. “We always strive to reduce fuel consumption and to optimise the weight, aerodynamics and performance of our aircraft from the early design stage to the end of their life-span. Airbus is committed to designing and manufacturing aircraft to the highest environmental standards.”
On the second day, Airbus executive vice-president, government relations, communications and external affairs Philippe Delmas gave a presentation on Airbus’ vision on the future of the air transport industry, including environmental considerations.
He emphasised that aviation is key for the development of society at large and added: “Air transport has broken different limits over the years, in terms of technology, distance, reliability and capacity. Environment is the next barrier to break and, if we do not, we risk inhibiting air transport growth.
“The aviation industry needs to improve its communication in order to demonstrate both the growing need for air transport and the increased environmental responsibility of the players in the industry. We can be proud of our past achievements in reducing our impact on the environment and we should not be shy in communicating our ambitious commitments for the future.”
The summit is meant to become a regular event through which aviation industry will convey a unique voice on environmental issues.
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Airbus, an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS, is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line.